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Unread 09-22-2010, 05:54 PM
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Default Beef Basin, Chicken Corners - But Bailed on Lockhart


Beef Basin, Utah by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr

Yeah, after everybody here said, "Stick with Beef Basin, do Lockhart another time" my dad and I got to talking once we were in Moab and waiting for the rest of our guys to show. Idle hands we had. So we drove out to Kane Creek just to see what the views would be like and our jaws hit the ground.

"Everyone I talked to told me to just spend our three nights in Beef Basin because we'd never get bored with that." I reminded my dad.

"Yeah, but look at this."

"Allllllriiiiight......"

Now, let me explain that my dad and I had been asked by 4 colleagues to take them on a back road trip in Utah. They were going to rent a Rubicon in Moab - and they'd never driven on the trail before. Dad and I agreed we'd take them to Lockhart the next day and just see how it went, assuming the views would knock their socks off and motivate them to hang in there with the trail.

That only worked 50%. The views they loved. Lockhart Basin trail had them pretty well freaked about, oh you know, that first tippy hill climb.


Jeep Rubicon JK on Lockhart Basin Trail by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr

They had fun, but we could tell it was wearing thin on the morale. Well, kinda, cuz, ummmmm, I high centered my truck on a boulder in the wash shortly after that hill climb . . . to guys who are totally new to this stuff, it just got them visibly worried.

My dad and I convened and discussed the fun factor - the most important factor - and decided the best thing to do was turn around.


Land Rover on Lockhart Basin by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr


Nissan Frontier at Chicken Corners, Utah by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr

Chicken Corners was a winner. Everyone loved the views and milder trail. We drove out, found a camp, grilled up some dinner, and cracked some really tasteless canned beer. Hey, I didn't choose it . . .


The Best We Could Get by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr

The following day we took the highway to Indian Creek and Cottonwood Canyon to Beef Basin, and I can see you nodding your head right now. 'Bout time you took our advice, Stephens.


Beef Basin, Utah by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr


Cliff Dwelling Ruins in Beef Basin, Utah by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr


Cliff Dwelling Ruins in Beef Basin, Utah by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr

All was right with the trip at this point. My God, the ruins are everywhere. It was like stepping back in time 800 years. I was just awesome to drive slowly, staring at the rocks and seeking out ancient homes and dwellings.

One of the gents in our trip had spent some time in the 1980s doing some field research on the Anasazi, so he was able to clue us into a number of cool details.

Here he is basically saying, "I don't know what the hell this is."

Markings in the Stone at a Ruin in Beef Basin by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr

We found a camp, and did the usual. Fire building, food cooking, bad beer drinking, and general friendly mocking of one another. Then the stars came out and shut us all up for a while.


Checkin' Out The Stars in Beef Basin, Utah by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr
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Beef Basin, Utah by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr

That next morning we scoured the F.A. Barnes book and map and elected to go find the granary ruins at Middle Park Spur. It was well grown over, and we passed it about three times until we ran into another traveler in a Tundra. I asked him if he knew the area. His reply? "Whose book do you have there?"

"F.A. Barnes'" I said.

He laughed. "That guy's full of crap half the time."

LOL.

We plugged on and found the road covered in weeds, but decidedly no signage that indicated the road was closed. So we followed and found some really cool stuff in the cliffs. So stoked.


Cliff Dwelling at Middle Park, Beef Basin, Utah by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr


Middle Park Spur Cliff Dwelling, Beef Basin, Utah by AdventureParents.com, on Flickr

That night we went to Cathedral Point, and enjoyed every minute of it. Phenomenal drive, perfect view.

I drove home to Phoenix the following morning and laughed and laughed about how I took the advice I got right here, basically pitched out out the window and still attempted Lockhart Basin. You're right, Beef Basin has plenty to do.


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Wow! Nice trip report.
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Glad your trip met your expectations and thanks for sharing!
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Great trip report and pics! Chicken Corners has some of the most amazing scenery of any of the trails down there. It was one of my first trails too.

BTW, that tippy climb on Lockhart was the hardest part of that trail. It gets a lot easier after that hill, but it gets more remote as you head south.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 06:11 AM
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It was one of my first trails too.
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One these days I'll make it back down there to do that run. Thanks, for posting gives me some more motivation. Nice, photos.
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G It was one of my first trails too.
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He is also right that the rest of Lockhart was easier. But you had fun anyways and that is what it is all about. Thanks for sharing, Mark! These guys on this forum pretty well know there stuff. Come back soon for more research/advice and reports.
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nice! thanks those photos take me to a "happy place"
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Those photos are beautiful. and that Rangie is awesome! I mean if your going to drive a box, it might as well be a british box and not a japanese box.
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Coors sucks... but you know that. I don't feel so bad now that I couldn't make it... Utah however, is to good times what Coors is to crappy beer.

Glad you got part of the trip right. Chicken Corners looks like a heckuva 'Plan B', in lieu of Lockhart. I'm bummed now thinking about how many ruins I blew by in Beef Basin to get to somewhere else...

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Nice report(and pics) Mark...I too need to get my fix of Beef Basin...I've gone through Lockhart a couple times and loved it, now it is time for something new.
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Great pics and report Mark, glad you guys had a good time and weather.
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